Notifications
Sign Up Sign In
Q&A

Winter boots for -40°C that are snowshoe and crampon compatible?

+2
−0

One should never let middle age men sit around drinking and reliving the glory days of their youth on a holiday weekend. I think I may have agreed to a mid January Presidential traverse in the White Mountains of NH. Expected weather will range from 0°C and raining down to -40°C at night. The terrain will require both crampons and snowshoes. There will be potentially 8 old dudes all with lots of experience from decades ago.

In the early '90s, I was all about mickey mouse boots and bunny boots and they worked well enough with the flexible crampons and snowshoes of the day and their leather strap bindings. They were easy to dry at night since the inside and outside were rubber.

In the early 2000s, double plastic boots were the rage. They were great for ice climbing and one day trips, but were not as easy to dry at night.

I need to buy a bunch of gear including boots, crampons, and snowshoes. Can I get away with mouse boots, or are newer boots better. What features should I be looking for in winter boots.

Why should this post be closed?

This post was sourced from https://outdoors.stackexchange.com/q/24427. It is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0.

0 comments

4 answers

+2
−0

Many good suggestions here; regardless of your choice of boot, MAKE CERTAIN THEY FIT WELL while wearing two pairs of socks. Too tight boots will cut off circulation and be wickedly uncomfortable. Great boots without great socks, won’t keep your feet warm. My go-to socks are injini inner sock with the appropriate weight Darn Tough outer sock. You can find both of these brands online, many sources. Darn Tough also has a LIFETIME WARRANTY.

Lastly, I have always used SnoSeal on my boots. I don’t know if there are “newer” products out there because I’ve used this stuff for 50 years with great results and warm, dry feet to prove it.

This post was sourced from https://outdoors.stackexchange.com/a/24437. It is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0.

0 comments

+2
−0

The advice on Kamik etc is good.

A: I buy them 2 sizes larger than my normal size. This allows me to wear 2 thick pairs of socks inside the already thick felt liners.

B: Verify that you can remove/insert the liners. Some are really hard to get in and out.

C: Untie the laces, and tie a single overhand knot around one of the D-rings. This keeps you from losing your laces when they aren't tied.

D: Wear with pants that you can pull down OVER the boots. This keeps snow out of the top of the boots.

The felt liners can be dried, but it is very time consuming to do this in the bush around the fire. They are very easy to burn. The black nylon is even easier to burn.

I found that mixing this style of winter boot with the traditional wood and babiche snowshoe was difficult. Harnesses aren't made for this large a boot. So test your combination of boot and your proposed snowshoe ahead of time. I don't do winter mountaineering, so I can't speak to the steep slope magnesium and neoprene snowshoes.

In general: If you haven't been doing this sort of thing for some time, do a set of training exercises. I would suggest a day trip, a longer trip with 2 nights and 2 days activity.

This post was sourced from https://outdoors.stackexchange.com/a/24602. It is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0.

0 comments

+0
−0

I recommend two Canadian brand: Kamik (very low price) and Baffin(low price). Their boots target everyday outdoor worker/farmer/hunter so they know what they are doing.

They make solid snow boots. I use them with crampon for ice fishing trips. They feature complete water proof, good insulation, removable pelt liner. This setup is closer to a winter expedition tour, Lureofthenorth's setup: soft moc with waterproof outer. I would recommend add wicking sock (humidity is bad) and toe warmers.

The drawbacks are: ankle support is limited. Target toward loose deep snow but not alpine hard ice surface.

This post was sourced from https://outdoors.stackexchange.com/a/24430. It is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0.

0 comments

+0
−0

For temperatures down to -40°C you need solid insulated mountaineering boots; buy them together with crampons so they fit well.
All modern snowshoes will be compatible.

There are many such boots on the market; it should be easy to find those that fit you the best. Some classics are: La Sportiva Nepal Cube GTX, Scarpa Mont Blanc Pro GTX.

I personally use Scarpa Triolet GTX with hybrid binding crampons (strap in the front, heel lever - Petzl Vasak) and MSR Lighting Ascent snowshoes. It is good enough for mild winter days in Swiss Alps below 3000 m; the boots are not warm enough for anything lower than sustained -10°C.

This post was sourced from https://outdoors.stackexchange.com/a/24432. It is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0.

0 comments

Sign up to answer this question »